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Bordeaux & Cognac Regions of France

September 5-11, 2023


SecondHalf Fitness invites you to a physically energizing and mentally stimulating adventure that will leave you feeling recharged, empowered, nurtured and refocused.  Each moment of the retreat has been meticulously designed to immerse you in an experience that supercharges your desire to age successfully and enjoy the highest level of physical fitness and mental strength for many years to come.  From expert exercise instruction to dynamic wellness workshops, you will learn how to engage life from a new perspective with increased vitality and a sustained purpose.

Beyond 50, successful aging requires a focused approach to daily living.
Get ready to engage in your life from a new perspective! 

We will explore:

  • the most innovative approach to exercise to achieve increased energy and greater strength

  • why vigorous exercise is key to longevity and how to get there safely in your workouts  

  • the term "youthfulness" and how it can be experienced lifelong 

  • the qualities of an active lifestyle and design your customized plan for active living

  • how to become revitalized through adequate rest and improved sleep

  • ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit while navigating the challenges of aging

  • how to move beyond obstacles and create your blueprint for dynamic and purposeful living

  • mindfulness practices to reboot your motivation and enjoy a greater quality of life


This idyllic french countryside offers the perfect backdrop to explore what it takes to physically and mentally supercharge the second half of your life. You will reside in an alluring and beautifully restored 16th century Cognac estate perched atop four private acres of rolling hills. Fields of sunflowers and grapevines surround the property making it a magnificently picturesque and tranquil setting.


Step away from the grind of everyday life and escape to the picturesque french countryside! For 7 days/6 nights, you will be coached through a fun and challenging week of exercise, strength training, yoga, sports activities, meditation and wellness workshops. All fitness levels welcome and encouraged.

You will be nourished by three delicious and healthy meals each day. Our AMAZING chef Mhairi will prepare an highly inspired menu using fresh and locally sourced ingredients.  

Your journey would not be complete without time for rest and relaxation.  You will enjoy daily personal leisure time to take a dip in the heated pool, lounge with good book, take a stroll around the property's four acres of rolling and wooded hills, swim the local lake or grab an e-bike to explore the surrounding areas.


Vann Duke

Master Fitness Trainer & Active Lifestyle Coach


Vann Duke, founder of SecondHalf Fitness, has enjoyed over 20 years in the fitness & wellness industry. He has trained some of Hollywood's top and up-and-coming actors. Vann is thrilled to welcome you to France, his second home, for an exciting fitness adventure of a lifetime!


THE DAILY SCHEDULE (Subject to change)


7:30am     Sunrise Stretch & Meditation


8am          Coffee, teas and fruit


9am          Morning Workout 


10:30am   Breakfast

12pm        Wellness Workshop/Afternoon Activity


12:45pm  Time to yourself to explore, swim or just chill


2pm         Lunch


5pm         Yoga

7pm         Meditation


7:30          Dinner


Participate in as much or as little of the schedule as you desire. All fitness levels are welcome. 


Cost: $3700 to $3950 per person based on double occupancy and room selection. 

Single occupancy available: additional cost of $450 for the week.

Itinerary includes:

  • All transfers* to and from Bordeaux to the retreat estate

  • 6-night accommodations

  • Three delicious meals daily + snacks and drinks

  • A Great Surge of Life Active Lifestyle Programming & Workshops 

  • Daily group exercise classes and fitness clinics

  • Daily yoga classes with a certified instructor

  • Daily guided mindfulness meditation and stretch

  • Tour the exquisite riverside in the picturesque city of Jarnac

  • Guided e-biking and canoeing excursion

  • Guided tour of an 18th century cognac estate w/ tasting

  • Enjoy an afternoon and evening dinner in the natural beauty of city of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne.

  • All transport to and from all off-site activities throughout the week

  • E-bikes available daily for use at your convenience 

  • Daily leisure time!

  • Travel arrangement support

* There will be one designated pick up and drop off time in Bordeaux.   

Additional services (supplemental cost):

Travel insurance is required.  Within 14 days of making your deposit, you must purchase travel insurance to cover cancelations and travel expenses.

Not included:

- Transportation (air, train, coach, etc…) from your point of origin to the city of Bordeaux, France.

- Travel insurance

Deposit: $1000 per person.  

Booking Terms:  This non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your place. Availability is limited and is accommodated on a first come, first served basis. The balance in full is due by June 15, 2023.  Bookings made less than 6 weeks prior to the event must be paid in full.  In the event of cancellation, payments are non-refundable unless your place can be filled by another guest. 

Room selection is on a first come, first reserved bases.  

To reserve your room and for all inquiries please email or call (310) 242-3589.

Traveling solo?  We are happy to match you with a roommate in a shared room. Email us your request. 

***COVID-19: Your safety is our greatest priority. We will adhere to updated safety protocols as directed by France.

 SELECT YOUR ROOM! (Click photo to enlarge.)

Le Manoir French Room w/ Private Bathroom - $3950

Le Manoir Beams Room w/ Shared Bathroom - $3700

Le Manoir Twins Room w/ Shared Bathroom - $3700

Le Manoir Emperor Room w/ Private Bathroom - $3950

Le Manoir Emperor Room w/ Private Bathroom - $3950 - RESERVED

Le Manoir Double w/ Private Bathroom - $3950

La Ferme Double w/ Shared Bathroom - RESERVED

La Ferme Double w/ Private Bathroom - $3950

La Ferme Maison Double w/ Private Bathroom - $3950

La Longere Double Master w/ Private Bathroom - $3950

La Longere Double w/ Shared Bathroom - $3700 - RESERVED

La Longere Double Room w/ Shared Bathroom - $3700

La Longere Twin Room w/ Shared Bathroom - $3700 - RESERVED


For more information and to book your reservation please contact:

Vann Duke

(310) 242-3589

Summer retreat
France 2023

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